White-knuckled, white-haired shuffleboard at Havana West.
Shuffleboard makes for strange bedfellows. Tonight my
teammate—drawn at random—is Don, a white-haired old-timer with a sunny
disposition helped by a decent Pabst buzz. As this is my first
U.S. pinball’s top two players face off in Portland.
One might assume when the United States’ first- and
second-ranked pinball pros hit the same tournament, it’s all strobe
lights and smoke machines and Zoolander-esque ego. Not so, says Seattle
Isaac Bowen and Ryan Harvey know that their sport’s glory
days are, for the moment, behind it. The best player in the world,
Belgium’s Frédéric Collignon, is a car salesman by day. And while
Tet Nguyen Dan—better known as Tet or Vietnamese New
Year—was on Jan. 23. The big celebration in Portland is this weekend,
however, since the Portland International Auto Show was at the
Murder, conspiracy and apocalypse! No, it’s not the latest
Ron Paul slogan. As grim as the farcical presidential race has become,
it has nothing on some of the bloody, unsettling and bizarre pla
How would you fare in Ground Kontrol’s video game quiz show?
Ground Kontrol’s bimonthly Video Game
Quiz Show is one of the most elaborate trivia nights in town. Gaming
geeks compete on teams—like in a real television game show—using
The Northwest doesn’t have a lucky New Year’s dish—so we created one.
American regional cuisine is peppered with examples of
“lucky” New Year’s Day foods: ham and black-eyed peas in the South,
sauerkraut in the Midwest, a dozen grapes in Puerto Rico.